REMAINING IN JESUS

Hi Folks,

Let’s continue our discussion on our Identity in Christ.

So, What does it mean to “remain” in Jesus?  I think it means that as Christ is, as Christ acts, as Christ loves … so must WE because we are connected to the VINE…connected to our Lord Jesus Christ who gives us our identity!

Let’s apply that identity.

In 1 Cor. 2:16: Paul tells us, “…we have the MIND of Christ.”

What does that mean?  Why does that make a difference?  Our mind controls who we are.  What we think controls how we act.  We have the mind of Christ because we are connected to the vine.  Jesus says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your (what?)   MIND!”  Why does Jesus tell us this in Matthew?

MacArthur says that, “As Christians…God instructs us.  We are able to understand all things of His word because we have the MIND of Christ.”  Obviously, we can’t know and understand everything – we’re humans!  We need human teachers and need to study the Word.

But…this illumination of our mind like Christ’s that Paul speaks of DOES mean that “Scripture can be understood by every Christian who is diligent and obedient.”  We remember in Luke 24, Jesus’ revelation to the disciples on the road to Emmaus: Verse 45: “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”

Wherever our mind is, that is who we are in Him!!  Paul says in 1 Corinthians that as spiritual believers, having the mind of Christ,” we are allowed, by reading the Word and by the Power of the Holy Spirit, to know the thoughts of our Lord.”  Amazing!

What is the result of remaining in Christ Jesus?   Listen to Paul’s instructions in Philippians 4:5 to those of us who have the MIND and thoughts of Christ telling us HOW to LIVE in that mind of ChristHow to let HIS light fill our beings:

Paul says “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is Near!      Do not be anxious about anything,                                                                In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Oh, thank you, thank you Jesus for Paul’s blessing and that promise to us.

He continues “And (THEN) the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your MINDS in Christ Jesus. The Peace of our God will rule our hearts and minds.    He will guard our minds with His inner peace.

The peace of God is for me and for you!                                                   May you enjoy this blessing,

Barbara

OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST

Who AM I?  Easy for me – I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a lay pastor…NO, NO – that is what I DO!  SO, Who AM I?

You don’t have to be a teenager, a college student, in a mid-life crisis to ask this question.You don’t have to be on the journey to “Find One’s Self” to ask that question BUT…

You DO HAVE to ASK IT?

Who AM I?

I have been including a collection of scriptures entitled, “THIS is who you are in Christ,” put together by Priscilla Shirer in my daily devotionals.  These scriptures have been powerful answers to the doubts and questions which Satan plants in our minds to discourage and depress us.  They clarify our true identity and purpose and build us up in our journey with the Lord!

A major part of my coming to Jesus involved the realization that I was NOT what I DO – wife, mother, teacher, etc. but so, so much more…My Identity was in Jesus Christ!

Your whole Identity – WHO YOU are – is in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

That eye-opening fact hit me when I was 32 – right in the middle of Who I AM being tied to what I was doing and how well I was doing it!  What a relief to know that God’s love for me was overwhelming even when I was overwhelmed being “Super Mom.”

Really?  I am a child of God?  I am a citizen of Heaven?  Really?  When that sinks in, your life is changed.  Hallelujah!

Years go by, kids grow up, tragedies devastate us, loved ones disappoint us, babies are born, jobs are lost…life goes on and on.  Because I am retired and not out there in the fray of life, WHO I AM in Christ takes on a deep, spiritual meaning.

Living for and in Jesus; living for God became my purpose at age 32 and has taken on a more significant drive each year since.  God knows our longings and desires to be significant so in the future in our blog let’s look at some of these scriptures He has given us to tell us so!

In John 15, verse 5, Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

YOU CAN DO NOTHING!  Thems pretty strong words, folks.  A living relationship with Jesus is absolutely necessary!  Without it is lifelessness.  Nothing. The fruit we will bear?  The evidence of our salvation in continual service and obedience to Jesus and His teaching.

As we think about this scripture, let’s take note of how it is we are living in relationship with Jesus today and every day.  Next time we’ll explore what that means.

God bless you,

Barbara